Friday I’m In Love

Friday I’m In Love

friday-love090216Labor Day weekend is always a little bittersweet. Even without a summer break, it still feels like an end of sorts. I’m too sentimental. But, Fall is by far my favorite season. While mourning the loss of sunshine, flowers, and swimming pools, I’m celebrating the resurrection of bonfires, cozy sweaters, and fresh apple cider.

Let’s enjoy the rest of summer while it lasts. Here are some things to get you through the end of the day. The long weekend is almost here!

This is called the Trace Vase, so obviously I need it, right?

Love me some ceviche. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

But this recipe. Now this is the best thing I’ve ever seen.

This post from a few years ago by my friend Bethany really got me this week. There’s that sentimental thing again. I feel so many feels for that girl in the pink polka dot dress. People are so mean. I think we’ve all unfortunately experienced moments like this.

I had no idea when we were buying two of them last weekend, that the POÄNG chair was about to celebrate its 40th birthday. Crazy!

You read about Michelle this week in my series, Run the World. As someone who has questioned whether or not I want to vote in this election, I love this piece she wrote about not taking our voting rights for granted.

And finally, if you don’t have any plans yet, some ideas to celebrate the end of summer this Labor Day weekend in Buffalo and beyond.

What’re you up to over this unofficial last weekend of summer? Whatever your plans, I hope you have a safe, enjoyable weekend! Happy Labor Day!

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National Park Service Centennial

Photography in Arches National Park, 1972. U.S. National Archives.

Yesterday, the National Park Service turned 100 years old! How lucky are we to have such beauty at our fingertips?! There are lots of ways you can get involved.

Go out and find your park this weekend! Visit one of our country’s beautiful 412 national parks to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service

More old National Park photos.

And a few unrelated links that caught my attention this week:

This is in Ithaca?! Gorges! (Gorgeous!) I must.

Have wanderlust like me? Some celebrity homes you can rent while you explore.

So sad, but interesting.

I have to admit, I kinda liked some of these terrible decorating trends from the past…

Another week down, another weekend to cherish. Whatever you’re up to this weekend, enjoy!

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US Olympian Aileen Riggin

U.S. Olympic Diving Champ Aileen Riggin, 1922, Library of Congress

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to read my first Run the World post on Wednesday, featuring the phenomenal Laura Metzler. Writing that post was the most fun project I’ve done for tracing paper so far, and I can’t wait to talk to more inspiring women. If there’s a badass career woman who you look up to, send her info my way!

Here are some things I’m loving this week, mostly related to the Olympics, officially underway tonight!

Speaking of inspiring women, this book is gold. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Aileen Riggin, pictured above, was the youngest Olympic gold medalist when she first won gold at age 14.

The first female U.S. Olympic athletes to win gold in each sport.

All of the things I wanted to say regarding the Rio Olympics, but way better than I could ever say them.

Google takes us inside Rio de Janeiro to introduce us to the city and people hosting this year’s Olympics. Though a little bit heartbreaking at times, it’s a beautiful breath of fresh air from all the negative publicity.

What’re your weekend plans? Tonight, I’ll be ordering a pizza and watching the opening ceremony. Both things are sure to get me emotional.

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It’s my sister’s bridal shower and bachelorette weekend!! I couldn’t be more excited; this is once-in-a-lifetime. I have one sibling, so I plan to make the most of this experience. We’re throwing her a brunch shower tomorrow, complete with mimosas of course. Then we’ll be headed to Cleveland on a limo bus for her bachelorette party. Once it’s all over, I’ll nap for the rest of the weekend. The party hasn’t even started, and I’m already exhausted from all the cooking, preparation, and planning. But my sister has already expressed her appreciation for all the hard work my mom and I have put into her weekend. It’s all totally worth it. I’m so happy for her.

Do you have any fun bachelorette games or ideas that we have to try? This article is a few years old, but I like some of these ideas, even if it’s a little too late to use them.

I don’t think I can get down with this wedding trend.

Discrimination against cancer survivors is a thing. How awful!

An interesting take on confronting and overcoming your fears.

Mmmm…cake batter truffles.

A quiz to find your spirit decor if you are so inclined. I’m Modern Colonial, what are you?

What’re you up to this weekend? Enjoy!

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napa sunrise

Napa, California

Friday already? Yeeee! I love short work weeks. What’s going on this weekend? I’ve got a long to-do list waiting for me. First up, buying a new fridge. Oh, adulthood, you sure are fun.

Does anyone have any insight on fridge buying? We looked at a bunch of them last weekend, and all brands seemed to be pretty much the same. I’ve been told over and over again that they only last about 7-10 years now too. My fridge is from 1985, which is a couple years before I was even born, so…why are we getting a new one again? It’s all about the style update. We’ll keep the old fridge in the basement, and I can’t help but wonder if it’ll outlive the new one.

Enough adult stuff. Here are some of my favorite links from this week (none to appliances I promise).

One thing I won’t be doing in this space is talking politics, but my friend Michelle has that on lock. Check out the insightful work she and her colleagues have been doing about the Clinton email scandal. Scroll to the bottom for the latest.

Here are a ton of outrageous Donald Trump fact-checks too.

I found this article last week through one of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo, and I just love this concept of casual gratitude. Plus, we could all strive to be a little more like Tami Taylor.

Between my sister and me, we had at least 75% of these Barbies.

I guess this is nostalgia week. ALL MY DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE.

Would you eat at a Golden Girls themed cafe? I would totally meet you there for coffee.

This is nuts! A new way to travel from Maine to Florida and everywhere in between.

Oh sure, let me just get right to buying a castle

Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday I’m In Love: 4th of July

summer twist cone

4th of July is one of my favorite times of year—picnics, fireworks, sparklers, cold beers. There’s a parade on the 4th in my hometown and, while it’s nothing extraordinary, I always loved it. I haven’t been in years, but I attended or participated in it every year during my childhood until I graduated high school. Even though we’d been out of school for almost a month at that point, the 4th embodied summer and felt like a beginning of sorts; sunny days ahead filled with adventure. Boy, do I miss that nostalgic feeling of naivety and freedom. I’m setting a goal to have a carefree, fun-filled holiday weekend. I hope you’re able to do the same!

There are so. many. sales. happening this weekend. Here are a few that I’ll be perusing.

Loft: 50% off everything sitewide (sales like this one are the best; no limitations or exceptions, or “up to” percents off!)

Old Navy: Up to 60% off entire store

Rifle Paper Co.: Up to 20% off (definitely taking advantage of this one!)

Joss & Main: Extra 15% off of 4th of July deals

Dot & Bo: Stars and Stripes Event with new items each day up to 90% off

Wayfair: 4th of July Extravaganza, up to 70% off

And here are some other 4th of July ideas as you go into this long weekend.

Cutting fruit into star shapes with cookie cutters? Great idea for a festive fruit salad!

I love fruit, but swapping fruit with chocolate? Sold.

Lovin’ these patriotic outfit ideas. Great alternative to the Old Navy flag tee.

Cocktails by the pool? Ok, if I have to.

If you’re lucky enough to live in one of these cities or are feeling spontaneous and wanna travel, go check out one of America’s best firework displays!

Have a happy, safe, and relaxing 4th of July!

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bowdon england

Bowdon, Greater Manchester, England

Another Friday is here! This week was a long one. I feel like I live for the weekends anymore, even if just to sleep in ten minutes longer. What are you up to this weekend? I’m heading to Ohio to hang with LeBron visit my family and work on some projects for my sister’s wedding.

It’s been a busy week, causing me to be MIA, but I promise there will be more to come next week! Here are some things that caught my attention during this crazy week.

That fireplace in the first picture! And this fireplace too!

Having been born and raised in Northeast Ohio, I love this.

The shower part made me lol because I TOTALLY FEEL THAT WAY EVERY DAY. Showering is hard. Ok, maybe the shower part isn’t that hard, but the having to style my hair again part sure is.

This can’t be real life. No more peanut butter?!

As soon as I step outside, I get eaten alive. Mosquitos love me. I need to get planting!

I’ve been (sort of embarrassingly) watching The Bachelor for almost a decade. How many hours of my life have I wasted? I don’t wanna know. How many more hours of my life am I going to waste on Ben and Lauren’s new spinoff series? Only time will tell…

Have a good weekend!

Friday I’m In Love

light will shine out of darkness

TGIF; what a tragic week it’s been. My heart goes out to everyone affected in Orlando. I’ve read terrible stories about fear, panic, and loss. But then, stories of bravery, heroism, and compassion have emerged to restore our faith in humanity and kindness.

Here are some things that are lifting my spirits on this Friday:

Beer desserts. For Father’s Day or anytime, really.

Speaking of dessert, have you ever had Trader’s Joe’s Brownie Crisp?! I’m a newbie as of two days ago, and am obsessed. I’ll take 20 bags, please. And 20 more tomorrow.

From brownies to brows…this stuff came in my June Birchbox yesterday. I’m a closet product junkie and can’t wait to try it out this weekend. If you’ve ever tried it, let me know what you thought!

Mary-Kate and Ashley turned 30 this week, what the what! My love for them ran deep growing up. Prettyyyy sure I followed, or unsuccessfully tried to follow, all of these trends.

Have a happy, healthy, safe weekend everybody. Happy Father’s Day, especially to my dad.

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thank you

Happy Friday!

First, I want to shout a great big thank you for your support this week. I can’t express enough gratitude for all of your likes, page visits, comments, and love. I’ve been busy working on some content, so stay tuned!

Do you guys have anything fun planned this weekend? I’m hoping to hit up a local greenhouse to grab some new plants, both indoor and outdoor. I know, SUPER EXCITING STUFF! (But seriously, having just bought my first house in September, this is actually very exciting for me. Also because I’m an 80-year-old woman at heart.)

Here are a few things I’m loving this Friday:

My boyfriend’s dad got us Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook a couple months ago, and I didn’t know I loved her until that moment. Gonna hit up the Things That Intimidate People But Shouldn’t section this weekend. Wish me luck!

This dog and me, kindred spirits.

I was thrilled last weekend to read that Tig Notaro is cancer-free, married, and expecting twins! I had the pleasure of catching her show last year when she stopped in Buffalo and I just love her. So, I CAN’T WAIT FOR HER BOOK!

I don’t have enough facts to form an opinion about the Stanford rape case that has been a media frenzy this week, but I do know that girl has a lot of courage.

I’m so excited about finally launching tracing paper that I painted my nails to match, so there’s that.

Have a fantastic, relaxing weekend!